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Method In My Madness: 10 Years Out Of The Saddle
By Richard Dunwoody
Do you miss it? is the title of the first chapter, and this question lies at the heart of Method In My Madness, Richard Dunwoody’s autobiography of a decade in retirement, published by Thomas Brightman on 12th November.
“All sportsmen fear retirement. Time is our great enemy”, 14 times Champion Jockey AP McCoy acknowledges in the foreword, and this thought provoking and self-aware book reflects on what it is like to stare into the void left by a professional career and all consuming-life taken away by early retirement.
Sitting on the other side of the fence Richard reveals his thoughts on how racing has changed in the last ten years and on the jockeys of today, paying particular attention to the question of who is the greatest of them all.
Method In My Madness confirms Richard remains a driven and focused individual. Whether he is flirting with polar bears in the Arctic, enduring dramatic human tensions on the Antarctic ice, taking tea and tips from the Queen, leading riding holidays in war torn lands, walking 1000 miles in 1000 hours going nowhere in Newmarket or taking to the Strictly Come Dancing floor with Lilia Kopylova, his sense of adventure is combined with a keen sense of perspective and humour.
The story is told with the characteristic candour that defined his bestselling career autobiography Obsessed, and Method In My Madness is packed with opinion on well known names from racing and sport but most tellingly on the people from all walks of life that have become his new role models.
In answering the questions he is asked most often, Richard poses a few of his own. Never again will people wonder why he “turned his back on racing”.
Richard Dunwoody is a man who has always done things his own way, inspiring some, irritating others. Method In My Madness continues this rich vein of form.
Method in My Madness: 10 Years Out Of The Saddle is available from www.racingpost.com/shop for a special promotional price of £14.99, that's £4 off retail price!
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Betting on Two Year Olds- The Inside Track
By Nick Attenborough
Don't back or lay a two year old until you've read this book!
"Betting on Two Year Olds" reviews the key factors that have a strong influence on a juvenile's chance of winning or losing.
The first comprehensive guide to UK two year old racing, the book features 40 clear pointers to profitable punting, in-depth analyses of over 35 top two year old races and 190 pages of fantastic insights for fans of horse racing and betting exchange players. Find out:
All of this makes Betting on Two Year Olds the ultimate companion to the serious punter!
- Which two year olds are seriously disadvantaged at Royal Ascot.
- Which stallions have a poor strike rate with first time out juveniles.
- Which trainer has a 35% strike rate with his juveniles second time out.
- Which track is the toughest test for two year olds first time out.
- Which top jockey has the best strike rate on two year olds.
- Which jockey has won on nearly half of his juvenile rides at Pontefract.
- Which up and coming trainer has an outstanding record in nurseries.
- Which Ascot juvenile contest is a dream race for forecast backers.
Visit www.insidetrack.me to purchase your copy online for just £14.99- that's a snip for the amount of money this guide could help you win over the years!
Turf Legends- Classic Racing Colours
FREE postage and packaging on all Turf Legends shirts for www.britishhorseracing.com users
Manchester United, Chelsea, Wasps, Barbarians, Ferrari and McClaren – you see them everywhere- Sporting fans showing their passion and promoting their sport by proudly wearing the colours. So what is the racing equivalent, or do we all belong to Racing Anonymous?
Thankfully, this has now changed. Turf Legends is a company formed by racing enthusiasts to redress the balance. Turf Legends has now launched with a range of rugby style shirts in the Dick Rees Classic Colours Collection.
The continual nature of racing leads to the danger of the Legends of our sport being forgotten. Whilst most racing enthusiasts can recall the names of the greats, this is all too often because of a pub bearing the name, rather than a true appreciation of the legend. The inspiration for the Dick Rees Collection is the colours carried by legends like Golden Miller, Desert Orchid, Arkle and Red Rum. Each shirt comes complete with a small information booklet with a brief summary of the horse’s career and outlining why the horse is included in the Legends collection.
As the flag-bearers of racings clothing range, Turf Legends understand that the quality of the clothing is paramount. The Company has committed resources into producing bespoke clothing to very high quality standards.
Dick Rees (F.B. Rees) was one of the great jockeys of the 1920/30’s known for his sartorial elegance and style both in and out of the saddle; he was also the winner of the inaugural Gold Cup in 1924. As Turf Legends is about the heritage of racing as much as it is about fashion, it is appropriate that the name of Dick Rees appears on all of the garments. The attention to detail and the company’s obvious knowledge of the heritage of racing is clearly visible on the shirts, for example the ‘brand label’ reflects an old style bookies ticket.
The shirts, which could appear comfortably alongside premium brands on the High Street, are currently available from the www.turflegends.co.uk website, which is full of information about the great horses.
A wonderful product for every racing enthusiast, an ideal gift or a racing lover's treat, the turflegends clothing range allows you to show your love for the sport and its heroes, and also wear a top quality garment.
These shirts retail at just £55 and are guaranteed top quality apparel. However, as part of the special relationship with the BHA, anyone wishing to purchase via the Turf Legends website will enjoy free of charge carriage (value £4.95), just by entering the promotional code BHA1924 when ordering a shirt from www.turflegends.co.uk
Eclipse: The Story of the Rogue, the Madam and the Horse that changed Racing.
By Nicholas Clee
In the bestselling tradition of Seabiscuit, the extraordinary true story of the world's most famous racehorse, and the rogue who owned him.
Epsom Downs, 3rd May, 1769: a chestnut with a white blaze scorches across the turf towards the finishing post. His four rivals are so far behind him that, in racing terms, they are ‘nowhere’. Awestruck, his spectators know they are in the presence of greatness.
Among the crowd are two men who, according to the tradition of the Sport of Kings, should not be associated with the horse who will become its greatest exponent. One, Eclipse’s owner, is a meat salesman. The second, who wants to own Eclipse, is an adventurer who has made his money through roguery and gambling. He is also the companion of the madam of one of London’s most notorious brothels.
While this man will remain an outcast to the racing establishment, Eclipse will go on to become the undisputed, undefeated champion of his sport. He will found dynasties that will dominate the bloodstock market – not only in Britain, but in every other country where Thoroughbreds race. His influence will be such that ninety-five per cent of horses racing today are his male-line descendants.
This is a vivid portrait of high and low life; of princes, paupers and prostitutes; an era of passionate sport, ferocious gambling, and uninhibited sex. It’s the story of a rank outsider who went on to become a national celebrity; and of the horse that became a national icon, and whose influence is transcendent 200 years later.
'A compelling and brilliantly researched reflection of the era which featured one of racing's most renowned equine heroes - Eclipse'
- SIR PETER O'SULLEVAN
Nicholas Clee has taken one of the greatest of all racing stories and brought it wonderfully back to life'
- BROUGH SCOTT
We are offering 30% off when you pre-order Eclipse from rBooks. Simply visit www.rbooks.co.uk/eclipse, click ‘pre-order now’ and add the promotional code ECLIPSE at the basket before making your purchase. Offer expires 31st March 2009 and cannot be used in conjunction with other discounts.
Ebook: EclipseMagazine.co.uk’s FREE Beginner’s Guide to Horseracing in Britain
Are you planning a visit to the races in 2009? Perhaps you are lucky enough to have been invited by someone else? Or are you a corporate host arranging client hospitality? Maybe you’ve never been racing but thought it sounds fun?
If you’ve got your ticket, or are planning to acquire one, the chances are you’ll be wondering what to wear, perhaps be a little nervous about what to expect, and be trusting to fate that you’ll figure out how to place a bet without making too much of a fool of yourself on the day…
Stress no more! Help is at hand in the shape of EclipseMagazine.co.uk’s Beginner’s Guide to Horseracing in Britain. This comprehensive guide advises when to go racing, what to wear, how to bet and the best ways to blend in with the regulars.
Available as an e-book COMPLETELY FREE, the guide contains 70 pages of practical tips, background information and jargon busting, written in an easily digestible and entertaining style so you’ll be able to swot up before your day out and show off your racing savvy with style.
Chapters include: ‘Cracking the Dress Code’, ‘Mingling with the racing rhythm’, ‘Staking your life with the bookies’, ‘Racing jargon’ and ‘The UK’s big races’.
And you’re in the right hands: Eclipse is an online magazine – supported by top sports television presenter Clare Balding as well as racecourses and racing organisations – all about the social side of racing. Providing information and entertainment for the 75% of people who go to the races every year simply because they enjoy the hats, champagne and dressing up for the occasion, it focuses on the human rather than the horse perspective, with interviews, competitions, events listings, and much more!
Having canvassed ‘social racegoers’ about what would encourage them to go racing more often, Eclipse heard the same story time after time – people had a great time, but didn’t know enough about racing to feel comfortable going on a regular basis.
So, they came up with The Beginners Guide to Horseracing in Britain to break through this pain barrier. The magazine’s mission is to show apprentice racegoers exactly how to have a good time – and their enthusiasm is infectious!
If you’ve never been racing before or you want to know more about how things work, then this is the book for you.
Official BHA Review: ‘The Beginner’s Guide to Horseracing in Britain’ is a great place for a wannabe racing enthusiast to start. It offers simple explanations and helpful hints, from what to wear and what to bring to a day at the races, through to suggestions on how to make your pound stretch and walk the ‘racing circuit’ like the pros. It’s surprising how much a little bit of knowledge can enhance your racing experience and help you to get the most out of your day – once the book has helped you to crack the racing jargon, there’s also a handy guide to Britain’s 61 racecourses and a list of the racing (and social!) calendar highlights. All you then need to do is book your tickets! - Amy Sherman, BHA Promotions Manager
Download the FREE Beginner's Guide to Racing
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